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Clearly time flies when you are having fun! Six months later Anna is back

25 Aug

Dear readers

I seriously couldn’t believe that it has been six months since my last post, where does time go?? Apologies for the lack of posts, I just haven’t realised I have been on the “missing blog person list” for such a long time, thanks to wordpress for reminding me by email on Monday!annainnherwonderland and coco.jpeg

AS I said clearly time goes by too quickly when you are having a good time (Dear Madonna I love your confession on a dance floor album, but how can you say Time goes by…so slowly?! that’s a lie!!)

I have turned 32 last week, so this is the proof that time flies quite fast,as I am not 25 anymore.

I have been travelling and cooking, and the usual stuff as normal but somehow I forgot about the blog, sorry! I have been back and forth from Miami a few times, went to the South of France for a lovely family holiday and went to the Italian riviera to celebrate my husband’s birthday and to spend time with my family, in between aperitifs and dinners!

On a lovely relaxing evening out with Coco overlooking the sunset with a glass of prosecco I suddenly realised, it is time to post something on the blog. I keep well as usual, just one year older damn it…I do have the feeling that people always overshare with social media, me included, and  probably that’s why I haven’t felt like posting for a while, but I am back with some amazing memories of travels  and good times to share with you.

To the next post….hopefully sooner than later!

xx

Anna

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Time goes by too quickly when you are having fun: Anna, Anna and Kim take Miami! The vacation to celebrate our 30th Birthday

20 Nov

Dear readers

The past ten days have been simply amazing, after a few years of living apart in different countries, my best friend and I managed to squeeze in a week long vacation together, like the old good times and trust me we had so much fun!!! I keep on looking back at the pictures to try to live all the moments again, it is true that time goes by too quickly when you are having fun and spending time with the people you love! From Miami to Boca Chita (by boat) and from Brickell to Key West (by car) every moment was a laugh, every song listened remind us a good moment in time…oh God it wish it wasn’t over! Anyway let’s start the countdown to Christmas and to the next two trips planned, Italy and Florida again of course! I am stuck with ideas for Christmas gifts for everybody, any suggestions?? Now you can have a look at the pictures of Anna, Anna & Kim Take Miami!

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Let’s start with a mandatory white pedicure before go boating…BLANCO para el Barco Mañana

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First night out, sushi dinner at the SLSannainherwonderland & anna in Miami November 14 (53)

A walk on Crandon Beach in Key Biscayne at sunsetannainherwonderland & anna in Miami November 14 (52)

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Fun at Boca Chita Keyannainherwonderland & anna in Miami November 14 (22)

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Friday lunch at Nikki Beachannainherwonderland & anna in Miami November 14 (27)

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After that somebody fell into a hole in the road…annainherwonderland & anna in Miami November 14 (29)Ready for our road trip to Key West at the weekend

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Beautiful sunset in Key West, even better at happy hour!

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Last night together with dinner at Rusty Pelican

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Anna has gone back to Italy so I tried to cheer myself up with food! Bacon, butterscotch and pecan cake

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And some funny meetings on our morning ride on Brickell Key

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Being 30 and not feeling it (yet!), the celebrations and the trip to the Italian Riviera, Anna in her wonderland never stops!

29 Aug

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Dear Readers

Yes I am, I am finally 30 years old and it doesn’t feel too bad yet! It has already been 10 days and the time has just flown by, we had such a good time in London celebrating my birthday with our good friends and we had a great time in Italy visiting my parents and seeing part of the family, but I will let the pictures to speak for me.

Have a great weekend

The celebrations started the night before with a surprise cake!

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Coco cracked the champagne…

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Yes I did ask for these bright Hunter boots!

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Living it up at the Ritz in London for a cocktail

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Getting ready for the night at my cousin’s place

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I collected a few cards! To keep them all

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A bit hangover I needed some serious smoothie to sort me out

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Loving my pretty shoes present from my cousin

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My husband’s favourite time of the day while in Italy, Aperitivo!

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My best friend came to visit us!!! so HappyAnnainherwonderland is 30 now! From London to the Italian riviera (22)

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Making fun

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My Daniel Craig is coming out of the seaAnnainherwonderland is 30 now! From London to the Italian riviera (33)

Rooftop lifeAnnainherwonderland is 30 now! From London to the Italian riviera (35)

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A trip down to Sestri Levante to see la baia del silenzio (the silence’s bay)Annainherwonderland is 30 now! From London to the Italian riviera (38)

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Annainherwonderland is 30 now! From London to the Italian riviera (44)When a Brit asks for pepper in Italy…

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Headache day and my mum passed me the hat!Annainherwonderland is 30 now! From London to the Italian riviera (46)

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The last aperitif with my new pretty handbagAnnainherwonderland is 30 now! From London to the Italian riviera (49)

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Back to England feeling the holiday blues, to beat them let’s use focaccia and parmesan cheese!

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Birthdays, babies, pets, friends from abroad and lots of travelling around, Anna in her wonderland turns 30 tomorrow, let’s celebrate!!!

18 Aug

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Dear readers

in less than 24 hours it will be my birthday, exactly 9 days after my husband’s birthday and we cannot wait to go to London to celebrate the event with our good friends, I can’t still believe the number…it feels like yesterday when I turned 18, or 20, or 24…30 seems such a big and imposing number!

I have had a few busy days last week, we had some friends over from the States and we have been enjoying the English countryside, with lots of food and drinks…that’s why I have been Booze Free since Thursday, but I so look forward to crack the rose’ champagne tonight to start the celebrations!

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An Italian trip in a few days, a trip to Ibiza in September…and Miami to come soon enough to keep me busy and look forward the next move. So obsessed with pets and babies at the moment, I went to visit friends last week I and get so happy around the babies and toddler…will it be our turn soon? Hopefully!

I wish you all an amazing week!!!

xxx

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Our first birthday cake made by our friends daughters, so sweet!

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My latest obsession, Benson the bulldogannainherwonderland turns 30 blog post august 14 (2) Cavalier king charles meeting upannainherwonderland turns 30 blog post august 14 (5)On a windy day out and about in Brighton
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The Miami blues, the British summer in the countryside, the big birthday coming up and the Italian trip to celebrate it…the adventures of anna in her wonderland on each side of the pond

31 Jul

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Hello dear readers

After 10 days in the hot and humid Miami I am back home, reunited with Coco, struggling with the jet lag, enjoying the beautiful (for the moment) British weather and so looking forward to have my husband back home at the weekend, I wasn’t very happy to start with but thanks to Norwegian airlines I had two more days in Florida due to problems with the plane, luckily I managed to fly back solo without too many problems…I just missed my cousin’s birthday bash in London and the chance to spend time with him and our friends…Bloody Norwegian!!!

The vacation/holiday was hot…hot… and sometimes stormy, so looking forward to go back there in September when, I hope, the weather should be more bearable.

I have some pictures to show you the best bits…and I am getting ready to turn 30 years old in 19 days…I am actually quite paranoid about, I am growing old and it doesn’t help the fact that apparently I cannot pronounce 30 correctly…according to people I sound Irish when I say thirty…I am going to be stuck with the 3 for a while damn it!

Well, let’s not worry about and let’s just think that after the birthday we will go to the Italian Riviera to celebrate the time with my parents and friends…so looking forward to trofie al pesto and industrial quantities of focaccia to eat!

Have a good day you all

xxx

They say size doesn’t matter…I think it does in the States!

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So pleased to see this gorgeous face again!

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And I fell in love with Cody, the new puppy of our neighbour

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It cannot be breakfast at Atelier Monnier in Brickell Ave without getting some Macaroons

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Bad hair day?

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Cruising around town

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Do I need a filter? I think I look tanned anyway!

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A walk on the beach at the lighthouse in Key Biscayne

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Walk with racoon spotting

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Gorgeous day out on the boat at Boca Chita Key

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With a pit stop at the sand bar on the way back

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Getting ready for dinner, while trying to cover some interesting tan lines on my back thanks to my bikini!

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Rusty pelican our favorite dinner hotspot

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The poor lobster has been renamed Sebastian to pay tribute to the Little Mermaid Disney Character

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Paddle boarding in Key Biscayne

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And back to the airport, Miami heat style!

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Still living the American Dream even a few days after being back home, the resume of the good times in Miami…Travel makes me exhausted but so happy!

27 May

Dear Readers

I am so sad to have left, once again, the sunshine state behind me…especially when I come home and the weather in England suddenly turns wet and miserable, it makes me want to run away again! Oh Dear Miami how many good memories I take home with me every time…the friendly and beautiful people around town, the warm sunshine, the parties, the boating, the bike rides around town, the endless tasty dinners and the new restaurants to discover…it is always a discovery for me! I do hate the plane ride though, it makes me tense and nervous thinking that I am over the big pond (I haven’t gone over fear of flying and I don’t know when I will finally surrender to the fact that is the safest form of transport…clearly not yet).

So much good times and fun, but let the pictures to speak for me!

Have a good week everybody!!

Nakd healthy snack, perfect to carry in my handbag while travelling and boost my energy levels

It cannot be the first night if we don’t get our Cuban food fix, Vaca Frita!

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I found a bit of home in Miami, Riviera focacceria in Midtown!

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We couldn’t resist to more Italian food that night, focaccia di recco as starter

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And to get rid of jet lag, Shake shack burger is my cure!

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Let’s bright up the white theme

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True!

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Sunday brunch at nikki beach

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Cecconi Miami, one of my favourites!

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Bike ride around Brickell Key

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BBQ at home and funny faces

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Ready to go out

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I tried to go over the Key Biscayne Bridge and I failed badly! Just enjoying the view

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Dinner at Rusty Pelican in Key Biscayne, nowhere else you get a view like this!

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Driving around in the crazy traffic…I miss Miami already!

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See you soon!

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From Miami to Vegas, our favorite places on earth! Two bloggers join forces on this Traveller style post

12 Apr

Dear readers

Today you are going to read something a bit different than my usual “personal” style, I joined forces with American travel expert Kendra Thornton and we spoke about our favorite places on Earth, Miami for me and Las Vegas for Kendra so we decided to put everything in a blog post! As usual I express my love for the city of Miami and Kendra, a proud mother of three, tells her side of the story about Sin City…which can be enjoyed even with family and kids! I hope you will enjoy this collaboration guys and thanks for reading it.

From Anna in her wonderland

Twitter @Anna_L_Collins

Miami, the melting pot of South Florida

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Nowhere else in the world you will be able to see such a big mix of cultures like you can see in Miami, from Cuba to Argentina, from Dominican Republic to Brazil, from Colombia to Italy, from Russia to Turkey, you name a country, you will find citizen from that country in Miami somewhere, guaranteed.

Speaking with a friend once in Miami I heard this: – There is no one person who lives in Miami that is actually born and raised in Miami, everyone has an accent and you will get away much better speaking Spanish than English, or let’s say learn Spanglish it will be easier for you.

I fell in love for Miami the first time I landed there, back in 2007; I still remember the drive from the airport to South Beach, All night long by Lionel Richie was on the radio and just to see the skyscrapers off the causeway made me so happy, so relaxed, so…at home.

You can find everything you want in Miami, at any time of the day and night. Stores open 24/7, clubs and bars in continue expansion everywhere, amazing hotels, posh restaurants, fast boats, luxury boats, celebrities filming reality shows and music videos, designer stores and malls, art fairs, boat shows, exotic cars, if you are up for the holiday of a lifetime, Miami is the place to be.

The party town of South Beach goes even crazier during the Winter Music conference week, that collides with spring break (Easter holidays for American colleges and university) with music events everywhere, international DJs, pool parties and so much fun going on, the perfect setting for an European party-goer.

But what about the language “barrier”? As Italian who moved to the United Kingdom I learnt that everywhere you go in the world the English language should be predominant, or at least everyone will understand you, well you are wrong, this is not happening in Miami.

The city is nicknamed the “Capital of Latin America”, is the second-largest U.S. city (after El Paso, Texas) with a Spanish-speaking majority, and the largest city with a Cuban-American plurality.

Cubano estadounidense is the way forward, all of them live “normally” within the only few real American citizens of Miami, most of them are born and raised in America as American citizens themselves, in most of the cases grandparents or relatives are Cubans, and they switch perfectly from Spanish to English and viceversa, I know a few of them who are Americans with Cubans parents and they have never been to Cuba, how crazy is that?

I love everything about this big city, I love South Beach with all year round tourists everywhere, I like Brickell with its skyscrapers and locals buzzing around, I love Little Havana with all its Cuban and South American restaurants, I adore the pretty area of Coconut Grove with all the marinas where we always hang out with our boat, I love Sunset Drive and its shops and bars, despite the busy US1! I love Key Biscayne and its beaches where it feels like to be in the Caribbean…but where you can still see the Miami skyline…so many things I love about this city that I could keep on writing forever.

After all these years of travelling to Miami and my part time life there I must admit I haven’t learnt Spanish yet, despite people think I am Latino (good old Italian dark skin and hair), but I am trying to get into the different mix of cultures every time, and I will never stop to learn something new every day and open my mind even more…that’s why I love Miami so much.
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 Let’s All Go to Vegas This Summer

Going to Vegas has always been one of my favorite and most memorable trips. There’s so much to do, so many places to see and tons of quirky thrills to enjoy. Whether you want to jump in the aquarium with sharks or rock out with KISS as you golf, there are a lot of different shows as well to enjoy while on your trip to the strip. Even when you head outside of Vegas, there’s more to see like the Grand Canyon. If you’re anything like my family and friends, you can’t just settle for seeing a few things.

1. Go Where the Sharks Go

When you think of a desert, sharks, crocodiles, moray eels, jellyfish and piranhas are probably not on your mind, so you probably didn’t know that you could swim with these incredibly mysterious and yet graceful creatures! At Mandalay Bay, you can jump in the shark tank and hang out with 15 species of sharks as well as other terrors of the deep. They’re actually quite interesting to see up close and not nearly as deadly as people make them out to be. You get to learn a lot about these different species while also swimming around them for an up close and personal look.

2. Rock Out with Your Club and KISS

The KISS Mini Golf experience is probably one of my favorite things to do in Vegas with the kids. You get a mini golfing experience that’s completely different than the boring clowns and dinosaurs of other mini golf parks. With giant guitars, animated replicas of the band and lots of music, you’ll get a lot of laughs as you go around the 18-hole course.

3. Quirky Museum Trips

There’s a lot of history in Vegas and some mystery as well. The museums in Vegas really show off the strange history of the town including the Neon Museum, which is a junkyard dedicated to the old neon signs that have been discarded by the hotels and attractions once popular on the strip. There’s also the Discovery Children’s Museum and the National Atomic Testing Museum.

4. Wild Roller Coasters

You may not be able to handle the double corkscrew, double-loop coaster called The Canyon Blaster at The Adventuredome at Circus Circus. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience. There truly is no other roller coaster like this one in the entire world. If you’re going to Vegas with kids, it will be hard not to stop by this theme park.

My family and I enjoy Las Vegas every time we visit, mostly because with so many hotels to stay at and things to do, each experience is different. With so many people traveling to Vegas, user reviews are readily available. Sites like Gogobot make it easy to read these user reviews.
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Miami, where we belong. The resume of the perfect vacation from Anna in her wonderland

1 Apr

Hello readers

It has ben years now but there is still something I don’t understand completely, there is a connection, I have a deep connection with the city of Miami that I can’t explain in words, I can only tell you that Miami is my home, the place where I feel better than anywhere else in the world. It must be the sunshine, it must be the people, it must be the atmosphere, it must be something that makes me so happy that I can’t even explain, but please, keep on going!

We came back from ten amazing days in the sunshine and despite the weather is quite good here I miss already our good times spent away, going out boating, riding our bikes in the morning, lounging by the pool in the sunshine, going out for amazing dinners around town, watching the peacocks walking around the yard, trying to learn some Spanish, hanging out with good friends, oh no I can’t  believe it’s over! Here we go some pictures of our good times.

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Before leaving

Just arrived, cuban food!

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Sushi at the Delano

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Lunch by the pool

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Out in Key Biscayne for a bike ride

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2 bikes in the trunk? of course!
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bike testing at Walmart

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Getting ready to go out

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Friday out in West Palm beach for the boat show

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Moijto time at home

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See? Everybody needs a bot with a toilet!

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The housekeeper, the pool keeper…

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Dinner at my favourite spanish restaurant, Barceloneta in South Beach, with the most amazing pictures in the restrooms!
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Tennis time in Miami

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Sunday, beautiful and perfect day to go out boating

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Bike ride in the morning in Brickell overlooking the Rickenbacker Bridge

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Best lunch ever at Swine in Coral Gables!

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Ready for another night out

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Dinner at Cecconi South Beach and drinks at the Fointanebleau hotel

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Ding dong, the peacock  is at the front door

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am I tanned enough?

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Beautiful last dinner at Sugarcane Midtown

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Beautiful flowers by the bridge

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Under the Rickenbacker bridge

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Brain confusion, insomnia, I need a diet and the Miami fever is contagious; all our friends got it now! Back home after two weeks in paradise

29 Apr

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Hello readers

Here I am, back I England after two wonderful weeks in paradise with friends. I slept my usual 12 hours after arriving home, felt like if I was drunk for nearly 48 hours and after that I thought I sorted myself out…SO WRONG!!! Last night I went to bed at 11.30pm, yeas I am sure I will sleep fine…until at 1am I had to take sleeping tablets because the jet lag mixed with a light dinner after two weeks of indulging didn’t help, I was mentally going through all the recipes from the South Beach diet cookbook!!!

We had such great times in the place we love most in the world, enjoying each other company and…I got completely besotted by the two gorgeous toddlers…what a great time!

I feel bad to be back home, I miss the company full on all day, I miss the heat (I am more a 85 degrees person than a 30F!) I miss the barbeques, I miss the bloody mary after breakfast and the champagne at 10.30am…I miss the music, the vibes, the people, the spaces, the skyscrapers…I miss Miami again, two days after being back…that’s why I call it the Miami Fever.

I will have to go back into reality, into projects, into the blog, into the diet…yes 2.5kg in two weeks is not cool, I can be a Kim Kardashian bum stuntwoman right now! But it’s not long now…Miami I heart you, I will be back in 5…weeks!

Enjoy the pictures

xxx

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The sun in our eyes and the world at our feet…two weeks in Miami with good friends, good food and good drinking!

24 Apr

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Hello readers,

I must admit I haven’t turned my laptop on for ten days…I couldn’t face to stop enjoying our good times here but I had too…to download all the pictures and of course to write this post! I love Miami more every time I come back here as you all know, and I am dreading to the idea of leaving here on Friday night!

Boating, shopping, drinking, eating, relaxing, chilling…one of the best vacation of all times!

I might show you some pictures then…

Xxx

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